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FOR THE BIRDS, AND MOSTLY THE CHILDREN TOO

Internet as 18th Century Coffeehouse

We think of it now as a very elegant gathering, where the Internet is down in the mud and people have ridiculous names. But coffeehouses were exactly like that: an insane mix of brilliant people, lunatics, and savage thugs.

I have a split intellectual life: these ant-like projects that evolve over months and years, and then this by-the-moment blogging life

But we all thought blogging was going to transform academic life, and that didn’t really happen.

All John Holbo, quoted here, along with his next idea:

Holbo now believes his best hope for revolutionizing academia is to organize “book events,” online seminars where a dozen or so academics review the same book. The existing book-for-tenure convention forces far too many books into publication, Holbo says, and people need a better system for figuring out what to read.

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